The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a small, yet beautiful grasslands region that hosts a variety of animals in its small fraction of the Greater Mara Ecosystem. Originally the Park was established as a Wildlife Sanctuary, but in 1974 was given National Reserve status. Maasai Mari is well known for its large quantity of lion, the Great Wildebeest Migration that occurs every year, and for the Maasai people that inhabit this region. In addition, it is easily reachable by car, bus, or plane and is located just 270 km from the capital city of Nairobi.
The unique Maasai Mara ecosystem is home to large number of wildlife species, offering excellent game viewing opportunities for visitors. For starters, this Park holds one of the highest lion populations in the world. In addition, over two million wildebeest, Thomson gazelle, and zebra migrate here annually, which is a spectacular sight to see. Hippopatami and Nile crocodiles can be seen bathing themselves in large groups by the Mar and Talek River’s side. Cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, and jackals are frequently spotted, too. Overall, Maasai Mara is home to over 95 species of mammals and for bird lovers, is a haven location for over 570 different species of birds. The Maasai Mara also serves as an extensive research center for the spotted hyena by Michigan State University.
A variety of traditional 4X4 game drive and walking safaris are available as means to take in the Park. For the more advantageous, there are also balloon and horseback riding safaris as well as bird watching tours and scenic flights offered. Cultural visits to the local Maasai tribal villages are another unique feature that this Park offers.